School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers

In 2004, the Tahlequah Police Department established a partnership with the Tahlequah Public School system to assign CLEET certified Police Officers to work in the schools full-time. These officers are known as School Resource Officers or SROs, and their primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the school environment and prevent crime.

SROs also work alongside school staff members and students to develop safety plans, provide training and education, and serve as liaisons between schools and outside agencies. Additionally, they participate in various school committees, including D.A.R.E., Crisis Management, Safe Schools, and the student assistance program CARE Team.

SROs also attend continuing education classes and training sessions, focusing on school safety, crisis management, bullying, and crime prevention strategies. Moreover, they provide security at athletic events and participate in after-school events and activities, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah, to ensure the safety of the students.

School Resource Officer Duties 

  • Enforcing municipal, state and federal laws
  • Truancy
  • Home visits with social workers
  • Interaction with students on a daily basis by acting as mentors and positive role models
  • Talking with students in the classroom about drugs, gangs, bullying and law related material
  • Provide assistance and recommendations with school security and safety procedures to school administration

What School Resource Officer is at my child's school?  

  • Officer Randy Jordan: Greenwood Elementary School 
  • Officer Brian Stanglin: Tahlequah Middle School 
  • Officer Marcus Sams: Tahlequah High School 
  • Officer Pam Bell: Heritage Elementary School 
  • Officer Joe Roberts: Cherokee Elementary School
  • Officer Michael Gray: Sequoyah Elementary School 
  • Officer Cody Warren: Central School Resource Officer